Residential Fire & Water Disaster Tips

Dealing with fire damage or water damage in your home can be distressing. If you’re faced with such a disaster, the best thing to do is call for professional help immediately. Experienced fire restoration and water restoration experts will work quickly to minimize the damage and begin the restoration process. Below are a few tips you can use to minimize damage and ensure your personal safety.

If your home has fire or smoke damage…

  • Open doors and windows to circulate fresh air and diminish smoke odors.
  • Throw out any open food containers. Smoke can permeate these and cause contamination.
  • Vacuum soot and particles from carpet, drapery, and upholstery using a brush attachment.
  • Prevent further soiling of the carpet by covering high-traffic areas with towels or sheets.
  • If you have a forced air furnace, replace the filter as soon as possible.
  • Cover air vents with damp cheesecloth to collect smoke residue and soot particles.
  • Use a damp cloth to remove soot and residue from the leaves of house plants.
  • Wipe smoke residues from countertops to avoid further damage.
  • Clean chrome and porcelain fixtures in the kitchen and bath to prevent tarnishing or etching.

Important precautions to take when dealing with smoke and fire damage:

  • Do not consume any food that has been affected by fire or smoke.
  • Do not use electrical appliances that were affected by the fire. A malfunction could be very dangerous.
  • Avoid contact with smoke damaged surfaces; soot on your hands can transfer to other areas and cause further damage.
  • Don’t try to clean furniture or carpets aside from a light brush vacuuming; deep cleaning should be done by a fire restoration professional.
  • Consult a smoke restoration expert before attempting to clean wallpapered or painted walls.
  • Call experienced fire and smoke restoration professionals as soon as possible. They will be able to provide experienced help and advice on the best way to deal with fire damage in your home.

If your home has water or flood damage…

  • Mop the affected area to remove as much of the remaining water as possible.
  • Speed the drying process by opening doors and windows and circulating the air with fans.
  • Use a dehumidifier if you have one.
  • Use towels to blot dry your upholstery and prop furniture cushions up to speed drying.
  • Elevate curtains by placing the end through a clothing hanger and suspending the hanger from the curtain rod.
  • Place aluminum foil between wet carpet and furniture legs.
  • Remove valuable items, books, and photographs to a dry room.
  • Open closet doors and furniture drawers to expedite the drying process.

Important precautions to take when dealing with water damage:

  • Never use electrical appliances in a room with standing water.
  • Turn off electrical power to flooded areas.
  • Never use an ordinary vacuum on wet carpet.
  • Seek professional water damage restoration help as soon as possible to prevent further damage and harmful bacteria growth. Flood restoration experts will be able to advise you on how best to deal with the situation.

No matter what kind of damage your home has incurred, contact Interstate Restoration at 800-622-6433 and let our restoration experts provide experienced help and advice on the best way to deal with fire, smoke, and water damage in your home.